Memorial Dedication for Fallen Soldiers

May 14, 2021 (KIMBALL, Minnesota) – The official dedication of the Minnesota Army National Guard Fallen Soldiers Memorial in Kimball is Sunday, May 16 at 1:00 p.m.

On Dec. 5, 2019, a routine maintenance test flight ended in a Black Hawk crash killing all three members on board, James Rogers, Charles Nord and Kort Plantenberg. The Soldiers were members of Charlie Company, 2-211th General Support Aviation Brigade, an air ambulance company headquartered in St. Cloud.

The helicopter crashed in a field owned by Helen and Larry Krippner. Shortly after the crash, the Krippner family put plans in action to turn the site into a memorial site open to the public. At Sunday’s ceremony, Maj. Gen. Shawn Manke, Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General, will be presenting Helen and Larry Krippner with a Public Service Commendation Medal for the generosity of their time and space to make a memorial possible.

The community is welcome to attend the official dedication ceremony at 18565 County Road 48, Kimball, MN 55353.

Note: Media members are invited, and Maj. Gen. Manke will be available for media interviews.  Please RSVP to  

– About the Minnesota National Guard –

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